Storm Leaves Thousands in the Dark

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

About 127,000 Consumer's Energy customers have been affected by the latest storm.

"That tends to be typical of ice storms, they cause a lot of outages," said Terry DeDoes of Consumer's Energy.

In Jackson County, more than 1,000 people are without power Monday.

"Being without power for 2 to 3 days is not pleasant. You can't cook, vacuume. Just turning the lights on and off and flushing is a big thing," said Joan Bernstein, who lives in Clarklake.

Electric officials say a quarter of an inch of ice can add 500 pounds of weight between electricity poles.

"When we get freezing rain, ice can accumulate on the lines and on trees. Potentially the lines can come off poles or have tree branches and trees fall over," said Jim Weeks of the Michigan Municipal Electric Association.

Smaller municipal electric companies to the south are receiving help from Lansing's Board of Water and Light. Consumer's Energy has pulled 450 crews together from across the state. It plans to restore power to the majority of its customers by Wedneseday.

"In a lightening storm, we can go and reset fuses. In an ice storm, we need to do a lot of rebuilding. So it takes a lot more time to do the labor intensive work that needs to be done," siad DeDoes.

Some harder-hit areas to the south like Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties could be without power until Thursday.


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